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 Dictionary entry overview: What does fierce mean? 

FIERCE (adjective)
  The adjective FIERCE has 4 senses:

1. marked by extreme and violent energy
2. marked by extreme intensity of emotions or convictions; inclined to react violently; fervid
3. ruthless in competition
4. violently agitated and turbulent

  Familiarity information: FIERCE used as an adjective is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

FIERCE (adjective)

Sense 1fierce [BACK TO TOP]


Marked by extreme and violent energy


ferocious; fierce; furious; savage

Context examples:

a ferocious beating / fierce fighting / a furious battle


violent (acting with or marked by or resulting from great force or energy or emotional intensity)

Sense 2fierce [BACK TO TOP]


Marked by extreme intensity of emotions or convictions; inclined to react violently; fervid


vehement; tearing; trigger-happy; fierce; violent

Context examples:

fierce loyalty / in a tearing rage / vehement dislike / violent passions


intense (in an extreme degree)

Sense 3fierce [BACK TO TOP]


Ruthless in competition


bowelless; cutthroat; fierce

Context examples:

cutthroat competition / bowelless readiness to take advantage


merciless; unmerciful (having or showing no mercy)

Sense 4fierce [BACK TO TOP]


Violently agitated and turbulent


boisterous; fierce; rough

Context examples:

boisterous winds and waves / the fierce thunders roar me their music / rough weather / rough seas


stormy ((especially of weather) affected or characterized by storms or commotion)

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